Jan. 26, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-13, 1-7 BIG EAST) saw a big second-half comeback fall just short Sunday afternoon dropping a 66-63 decision to the St. John's University Red Storm (14-5, 7-1 BIG EAST) at Carnesecca Arena.
With the score tied at 53 and 6:03 remaining, senior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) took over hitting a pull-up jumper and then slashed through the lane for the layup to put the Hoyas up by two in a back-and-forth battle with the Red Storm. On defense, the Blue & Gray made stops holding SJU without a point for four minutes and without a field goal for six minutes.
However, St. John's hit late baskets that GU was unable to match. Trailing by five with under 10 seconds to play, freshman Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) drove in for the layup and Powell got a steal then going to the line. She hit the first, but the deliberate miss on the second was unsuccessful as the Red Storm managed to hold on for the 66-63 victory.
Senior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) led the way with 18 points, while freshman center Natalie Butler (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) added 14 points and 10 rebounds as well as three blocks. Woodard rounded out those in double figures with 10 points, five assists, two steals and two blocks going a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
"I was really proud of us today," said Georgetown Head Coach Jim Lewis. "St. John's is in first place and a very good team, but the difference between teams in our league is so minimal and I know we're playing our best basketball moving forward."
The Red Storm jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the contest, but the Hoyas answered with big defensive stops and buckets on the other end to stage an 8-0 run and make it 10-9 gaining the advantage. Butler had four points including two free throws in the run.
The lead see-sawed back and forth throughout the first until St. John's took a five-point lead on solid 3-point shooting. However, in entered sophomore guard Logan Battle (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) who came in and immediately hit a 3-pointer and followed it up with free throws to tie it at 24 with 5:31 remaining. On the defensive end, she took a charge keeping it close for the Blue & Gray.
The Red Storm managed to build a nine-point lead in the final two minutes, but a buckets from freshman point guard Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) and White cut it to five. Following a pair of SJU free throws, the Hoyas went into the break trailing, 37-30.
Butler had eight points in the first along with three boards and two blocks while White added seven points and a squad-high four rebounds. Both teams had 19 rebounds and the Red Storm shot 53.8 percent in the first, however, the difference came in turnovers as GU committed just five and forced seven.
St. John's scored five quick points to open the second and take a 12-point lead. Georgetown scored in the paint but was fighting the uphill battle as the referees tightened up the game and GU trailed.
The Blue & Gray fought to close the gap and tied it by staging a 12-2 run with almost all of the points coming in the paint from Butler and White. On the other end, the defense held the Red Storm without a field goal for more than seven minutes.
As SJU took the five-point lead, it was once again Butler and White making things happen as Butler hit a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but it was collected by White. On the ensuing out of bounds play, White flew through the lane for the alley-oop to make it 52-51 with eight minutes remaining.
This set up the final exciting minutes as the Hoyas battled, but fell 66-63.
Georgetown outrebounded St, John's, 36-35, and shot 40.7 percent for the game.
Georgetown will be back in action on Wednesday as the Hoyas host the Villanova Wildcats at 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.